Perth to Perth itinerary including Karijini National Park

Itinerary including Cervantes, Kalbarri, Monkey Mia, Coral Bay, Karijini National Park and much more!

Leg 1: Perth to Cervantes 200 kms 2.5 hours 

On the way to Cervantes, stop at Yanchep National Park. This is a great place for the kids, offering a koala viewing area, caves and an Aboriginal experience.
Cervantes is well-known for its Pinnacles Desert. You can learn all about those strange structures at the Pinnacles Desert Discovery Centre.

Just a kilometre from the town centre lies Lake Thetis, where you can observe stromatolites, most commonly known as “living fossils”. Those have been dated to about 3370 years old!

Further north of Cervantes, you will find Sandy Cape, a nice little spot where you swim and watch the sunset.

If you have a 4WD, you can stay at Sandy Cape.

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Pinnacles Nambung National Park, Western Australia © Tourism WA

Leg 2: Cervantes to Kalbarri 378 kms 4 hours

Kalbarri is a popular stop over for people on their way to Shark Bay or Monkey Mia. There are many natural attractions to visit such as Natures Window and the Z-Bend Lookout located in Kalbarri National Park. You can also go whale watching as the humpback whale migration happens between May and August.

Stay at Lucky Bay campground.

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Nature’s Window, Kalbarri Ntional Park © Tourism WA

Leg 4: Kalbarri to Monkey Mia 397 kms 5 hours 

If you want to break up the drive, Hamelin Pool has a museum and boardwalk over the stromatolites. Interesting history and the tea rooms do meals and a fantastic Devonshire Tea.

Camping could be in either Denham Township or Monkey Mia.

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Hamelin Pool Marine Nature Reserve, Shark Bay © Parks and wildlife service

Explore Monkey Mia

Monkey Mia is world-famous for its dolphins. A group of wild bottle-nose dolphins come to the shore nearly everyday to be fed by humans. South of Monkey Mia, you will find Denham and Francois Peron National Park. This national park offers diverse experiences, including four-wheel-driving.

Fifty minutes away from Monkey Mia, you will arrive at Shell Beach, where shells replace the beach sand and stretches over 100 kilometres!

Spend a night on a coastal site or take your 4WD and roof top tent to Francois Peron National Park.

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Francois Peron National Park © (IG) @mooskicreative

Leg 5: Monkey Mia to Coral Bay 580 kms 7 hours

In contrast to other locations, the coral reef starts right at the water’s edge. Coral Bay is a very popular holiday destination for Western Australians. It is recommended to book well in advance when travelling during school holidays. This place is a marine paradise where visitors have plenty of activities to choose from: snorkeling, fishing, swimming with whale sharks…

You can even visit the reef shark nursery between October and March, which is only a 20 minutes walk from Main Beach.

Spend a day or two, to enjoy swimming and exploring.

Stay at Warroora Station.

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Warroora Station © Warroora Ningaloo Wilderness

Leg 6: Coral Bay to Exmouth and Cape Range National Park 220 kms 2.5 hours

The Ningaloo reef is a long coral reef swarms with turtles, tropical fish, manta rays, humpback whales and even whale sharks. No wonder that Ningaloo Reef is listed as a World Heritage Site! Whether you like snorkeling, diving or swimming, you will not be disappointed!

Cape Range National Park supports a range of unique wildlife habitats from existing ocean reef to ancient reef, rugged limestone, gorges and cave systems. Throughout the park, there are ample opportunities to view wildlife.

You can camp within Cape Range National Park, or Yardie Homestead Caravan Park.

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Cape Range National Park © Australia’s Coral Coast

Leg 7: Exmouth and Cape Range National Park to Karijini 674 kms 8.5 hours

One of the big attraction of Karijini National Park is its accessibility. Simply walk 50 metres and peer straight into a deep gorge to see waterfalls and rock pools below. There are many walk trails available to further explore the gorges. Karijini’s main highlights are Fortescue Falls, Circular Pool and Fern Pool.

Stay at the Karijini Eco Retreat in your 4WD with roof top tent.

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Karijini National Park, Western Australia © Tourism WA

Leg 8: Karijini to Mount Magnet or Paynes Find 376 kms 4.5 hours 

A long drive. Get an early start and see how far you get. At the very least you should get to Mount Magnet, but if you can get to Paynes Find or further it will make the last day a lot easier.

Depending on how far you choose to travel today you can camp at Lake Mason Homestead or Karara Rangeland Park.

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Paynes Find, Western Australia © Australia’s Golden Outback

Leg 9: Drive back to Perth 562 – 399 kms 5-6 hours

The trip can be done in the reverse direction, however we find that doing the coast first is beneficial in case it becomes too windy. If it is too windy, you can head inland to Karijini earlier than expected where it is more protected. If you do Karijini first you don’t have anywhere new to go to get away from the wind.

Total kilometres: 3,857
Total travel hours: 42
Travel times are estimated based on an average speed of 80km p/h and should be adjusted to suit road conditions and weather. The travel times indicated should allow for delays due to road works, traffic, fuel, food and bathroom stops. Travel times and distances are approximate and we recommend using as a guide only, along with a published map book or GPS navigational system.
Itinerary courtesy of: Tourism Western Australia


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